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Former Cal redshirt sophomore QB Max Gilliam transferred to UNLV in December.

Gilliam (6'2/205) was a four-star recruit in Cal's 2016 class, but opted to move on to the JUCO ranks after taking a redshirt his first year on campus. Now he resurfaces out in the desert. This is the kind of low-key move which could pay dividends for a program like UNLV. Not only is Gilliam still just barely removed from standing as a highly-respected dual-threat quarterback recruit, he lands at his new home with three years eligibility still on the table. With the Rebels, he'll be looking to push incumbent starter Armani Rogers this summer. Even if he can't unseat Rogers outright, he'll make for a much-needed depth add with upside to potentially start down the road.
May 4 - 5:56 PM

UNLV hired former Arizona OL coach Garin Justice to serve in the same capacity.

Justice can be considered a "former" coach at Arizona in name only, as he was hired away from FAU -- where he had spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons -- by the Wildcats in December only to be let go one month later in the transition from Rich Rodriguez to Kevin Sumlin. That earlier job with the Owls was his first on-field gig at the FBS level. In addition to working as offensive line coach at UNLV, he'll also be handling run-game coordinator duties for the Rebels moving forward.
Mar 22 - 4:40 PM

UNLV redshirt senior WR Kendal Keys will undergo surgery on his right ankle.

Keys (6'4/209) broke his ankle last week. He's expected to miss in the neighborhood of three months. He's proven somewhat susceptible during his career with the Rebels. Most notably, the redshirt senior was sidelined for the entirety of the 2016 season following a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. He posted a 27-260-3 receiving line during the 2017 campaign.
Mar 13 - 3:02 PM

Football Scoop reports that UNLV will hire San Diego DC Steve Irvin to serve as safeties coach.

Irvin initially joined San Diego's staff as cornerbacks coach prior to the 2011 season. He went on to receive a promotion to defensive coordinator in 2013 and has held that role to the present day. His move to UNLV returns Irvin to his alma mater. He played linebacker for the Rebels in the late 90's.
Feb 16 - 3:56 PM

Football Scoop reports that UNLV will hire Idaho LB coach Eric Brown to serve in an unspecified capacity.

Brown has been with Idaho since 2013. For his work during the 2016 season, he was named one of AFCA's 30-under-30 coaches, an honor given to the best up-and-coming young coaches in the country.
Jan 23 - 2:21 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Arizona will not retain OL coach Garin Justice.

Justice is not part of new Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin's plans for the future, this after just being hired over in mid-December. Feldman passes along that he could potentially rejoin FAU -- where he coached during the 2017 season -- now that he's out a job with the Wildcats.
Jan 17 - 2:52 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that UNLV will hire former Florida LB coach Tim Skipper to serve as defensive coordinator.

Skipper worked as Florida running backs coach from 2015-16 before shifting over to the defensive side to work as linebackers coach for the 2017 campaign. Gators HC Dan Mullen opted not to retain him with his new staff. Prior to his time in Gainesville, Skipper put in stints with Colorado State (2012-2014) and Fresno State (2009-11). While he served as co-defensive coordinator with the Bulldogs, this defensive coordinating gig with UNLV will be his first with the full title.
Jan 16 - 4:24 PM

Football Scoop reports that Florida LB coach Tim Skipper will not be retained for the 2018 season.

Skipper has been on the Florida staff since 2015, coaching running backs for two years before switching to the defensive side of the football and coaching the linebacker unit. He's also coached at Colorado State and Freno State; serving as a defensive coordinator for three games at the latter.
Jan 6 - 5:42 PM

Arizona hired FAU OL coach Garin Justice to the same position.

Lane Kiffin will be on the lookout for another OL coach after getting picked off by Rich Rodriguez. Justice played on the offensive line at West Virginia for Rodriguez between 2001-05, so his defection makes sense. Justice spent five years as the HC at Concord University in West Virginia prior to moving to FAU when Kiffin arrived.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:13:00 PM

UNLV senior WR Devonte Boyd accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Boyd (6'1/175) had a disappointing season as a senior for the Rebels, hauling in 34 catches for 612 yards and three scores. He showed flashes of brilliance as a sophomore and junior, and some of his struggles can be attributed to the inconsistent quarterback play for UNVL. Right now, he looks like he'll be a late-round pick, or possible UDFA (undrafted free agent).
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:47:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has been disappointed in the development of UNLV senior WR Devonte Boyd.

"After an incredible freshman season when the bar was set high, Boyd has watched his production fall off every year and has never met expectations," Pauline writes. In that freshman campaign back in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder logged a 65-980-4 receiving line. He's put up decreasing reception and yardage marks each of the three following years. Pauline notes that Boyd was viewed as a borderline draftable candidate entering the current season. The evaluating process will be crucial for the wideout if he's to see some Day 3 love.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 06:32:00 PM

UNLV junior RB Lexington Thomas ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 38-35 victory over New Mexico on Friday.

Thomas has now scored in every game but one this year, and has scored multiple touchdowns in six. He's likely going to finish the year with 1,300 yards rushing, and another multi-touchdown game against Nevada next week will give him 20 on the season. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior will likely be the top running back returning in the Mountain West Conference next year.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 01:00:00 AM

UNLV redshirt freshman QB Armani Rogers completed 13-of-25 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for 192 yards and a touchdown in a 38-35 victory over New Mexico on Friday.

Those 193 rushing yards are the most of any quarterback in Rebels history. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback couldn't do much over the air for most of the game, but he crushed the Lobos with his speed and power, and he threw two gorgeous passes over the final drive with the Rebels trailing by five, including the game-winning touchdown to Kendal Keys. Rogers has things to work out, but there's no denying that he's an upper-echelon talent in the Mountain West Conference. A win over Nevada next week will send them to a bowl game.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:57:00 AM

UNLV junior QB Johnny Stanton completed 31 of 21 attempts for 325 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 31-21 loss to BYU on Friday.

Stanton added another 31 rushing yards. Stanton only took over as the start three weeks ago, and the last two games were a nice step forward. UNLV has two games left in their season.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 10:52:00 AM

UNLV HC Tony Sanchez said "don't be surprised" if redshirt freshman QB Armani Rogers (concussion) plays against BYU on Friday.

Rogers injured his head against Utah State in mid-October and subsequently sat out an October 28th contest versus Fresno State. He returned to play to a minimal degree in Saturday's win over Hawaii, attempting five passes for 37 yards. Johnny Stanton started that contest and would start on Friday if Rogers is limited or can't play. Both quarterbacks could potentially see the field in the game.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 06:04:00 PM


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